Hardcourt Correspondent, White Cover Magazine
Chances are, if you have a pulse, a modem, and you waste time at work, then you’ve already seen this. In fact, I feel stupid just writing about it, but something needed to be said, so here goes…
Forget that they actually lost the game this video was preparing for. Forget that I still think of them as “the team Kevin Garnett needed to escape”. Forget that I’m often confused as to whether Ricky Rubio is actually willingly a member. Forget that I hadn’t heard of Minnesota until Gordon Bombay got a DUI there.
But, no… Minnesota, you rock.
Now, as you definitely already know, the Harlem Shake is a thing. It’s like Gangnam Style, except almost anybody can do it, and almost anybody wants to see their YouTube views go UP, whether they like to admit it or not.
Here’s TSN doing it:
Here’s the Norwegian Army doing it:
And, finally, here’s the Miami Heat doing it:
Turns out, the Miami Heat’s rendition (which was actually the best one I’ve seen) was the last straw. That’s the one that broke the Wolves’ patience. That’s what led to their brilliant response, and it was brilliant.
You may think I’m a child for just throwing that word (BRILLIANT) around, but it really was. First off, the Timberwolves didn’t just beat down a Heat fan doing the dance. No, they beat down everyone doing the dance. They beat down the dance, itself.
The Wolves actually used the song to their benefit, and they forever linked the Miami Heat with the Harlem Shake. (As they say at the end, in reference to both the Heat and the viral sensation, “Some Things Get Old Fast”.)
The Heat are annoying enough to some people. Soon (maybe now), this fascination with the dance will be over.
Looks like Minny picked the right time to finally hop on board the trends train.